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February 2019

Endgame in Tamil (Day 1531)

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Avengers: Endgame is undoubtedly one of the most awaited movies of the year – with fans across the country eagerly waiting to witness the grand conclusion. In an endeavor to present the film to fans in their local language; Marvel India has associated with one of Kollywood’s most renowned screenwriter AR Murugadoss to pen down the script and dialogues for Avengers: Endgame in Tamil.

Indian fans loved the high-octane Super Hero action drama in Avengers: Infinity War; making it the highest Hollywood grosser in India with much of the box office contribution coming from South.

To further enhance the viewing experience for Tamil fans, AR Murugadoss will be stepping in to script and recreate the dialogues for the larger-than-life action drama. Murdagoss thanks his son Aaditya to keep him updated with a galaxy of powerful characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more, says he has added a local flavor to the film that will get the audience hooked on to the Tamil version.

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Festival with a difference (Day 1530)

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The origin of India’s most beloved dance music festival traces back to the warm sands of Candolim in Goa 2013. What started as a beachside festival celebrating EDM in its niche avatar in 2013 grew into a community of artists and enthusiast’s, coming together year after year for the love of music.

Vh1 Supersonic over the years ceased to be just an EDM driven music festival but transforming into a multi-genre experiential dance/ music festival that offers a plethora of experiences apart from just music like the flea market, experience zone, immersive and beautiful art, after parties etc.

Vh1 Supersonic 2019 concluded on an all-time high with stellar performances from Marshmello, Bonobo and some of India’s favorite artists taking over the stage. Day two of the extravaganza lit up with multi-genre music along with marvelous experiences for the festival goers. The return of Marshmello to Vh1 Supersonic 2019 was much awaited and he took the festival by storm by performing to some of his biggest hits.

The star attraction was not just the line-up of ravishing artists but the Superflea, the food market, and the dynamic Beer Garden, the artworks by college students displayed at the venue and the De-Stress Zone was what everyone was looking for!

Vidyut tames the elephant (Day 1529)

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Baby elephants are always tucked inside their mothers, Moonbeam, however, is a special three-month-old month elephant of the sanctuary during the shooting of Junglee.

Before the shoot, Vidyut was warned to be careful with the little one but Vidyut was in for a surprise when Moonbeam grabbed the prop/ ball and insisted on playing with Jamval and the other elephant on the set called Bhola. This was the first time the baby elephant was interacting with human beings and appeared strangely comfortable.

All actors have to be trained before interacting with animals and since Moonbeam is too young the caretakers thought it was better that Vidyut interacts with Moonbeam’s mother.  Probably the trust generated from there because Moonbeam was enjoying the ball game so much that there was no stopping him.

Seeing him so happy Vidyut insisted on Moonbeam being given a separate pool to splash around and have fun. He said humans spend so much time with each other and so little with other animals when in fact he can learn so much more from the animals.

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Movie Review: Gully Boy (Day 1528)

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Proud of you Gully Boy

 Film: Gully Boy

Release:  14.02. 2019

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Writer: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Vasundhara Koshy (Script Supervisor)

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Kochlin, Vijay Raaz

On a dark, lonely street, a young man in a hood walks slowly; he stops by a car, smashes the window and drives away with the vehicle. He knows it is a criminal offense but in the given situation, it is the only option.

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy establishes that sometimes deceit is inevitable to follow your dream and perhaps morality depends on circumstances.

After Luck by Chance/ 2009, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobbara/ 2011 and Dhil Dhadak Ne Do/ 2015 Akhtar tells the story of Divine, a street rapper as a fiction not a biopic and takes many cinematic and liberties to make the narrative engaging.

What makes Gully Boy endearing is that it is simple and truthful and therefore touches your heart. Every character is fondly etched out balancing their strengths and vulnerabilities, they inhabit a believable world and what’s special is that the director empathizes with each one of them.

The Dharavi slum has been an object of attraction for filmmakers over the years even though shooting there has never been easy and yet international filmmakers have come back to it unfortunately to glamourize the underprivileged and their compelling situations in Asia’s largest slum.

Gully Boy is the first film to not associate Dharavi with the standard images of garbage/ filth/ long queue for water, crime, and dance bars and instead look for new emotions and stories within their world.

So we have the hero Murad live with his large joint family in a bathroom size home divided into four sections. He attends college in the morning, meets up friends in the evening and at night when everyone falls asleep hops onto the roof of the house and pens songs.

In Dharavi, everyone lives in cramped spaces but they have king size hearts, their pockets are most often empty but their eyes brim over with dreams!

Gully Boy is India’s first Rap music film composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, more than a dozen songs are created by 50 plus musicians, lyricists including Javed Akhtar, Divine, Ankur Tiwari and songs from different singers including Ranveer Singh’s Apna Time Aayega which is making waves.

There is a haunting quality to Doori by Javed Akhtar and Divine and also Jeene Main Aaye Maza written and sung by Ankur Tiwari interestingly shot in Mumbai at night. With Murad mentored by Sher, we learn about beat, rhythm, synchronization, discover that best songs are stories about personal life!

The story extends to Murad’s interpersonal relationships, dreams, deprivations, and touches upon many uncomfortable issues like marital abuse, deceit, protest. The world created by Akhtar and her co-writer Reema Kagti is devoid of inverted snobbery and discriminations. Their gaze is non-judgmental and decisions dictated by conscience. In a scene, Murad’s illiterate friend asks him to take him to his English speaking parties. Here success does not isolate but nurtures the winner. The same friend magnanimously frees him of guilt when he visits him at the police lock-up, a superb scene.

The director shares special chemistry with her actors and it is reflected in their performances. The supporting cast comprising Murad’s friends, his father / Vijay Raaz, his mother/ Amruta Subhash, his singer friend MC Sher/ Siddhant Chaturvedi and partner Sky/ Kalki Kochlin are first rate.

As the hijab-wearing Safeena who plays Murad’s childhood sweetheart, Alia Bhatt is mesmerizing. A medical student Safeena is a captive in her home deprived of small joys like wearing lipstick and partying with friends. Still, she is cheerful most of the time but when oppression overpowers, she breaks down and you cry with her.

Ranveer Singh’s Murad is severely repressed and this reflects in his body language. Watch him emote with his eyes downcast as he swallows insult after insult. He has learned to contain his frustration and music is the only meditation that can calm him down.

After the larger than life Bajirao, Padmavat and Simmba, Gully Boy is Ranveer Singh’s quietest and bravest performance where he is stripped off all his vulnerabilities. So many images haunt you long after the film is over…

Murad’s first recording as the camera draws closer and closer on his face… His disdain when the foreign crew invades their privacy as if they don’t exist…When Murad waits his turn at the contest and when he sings the anthem song in the final show.

There is an interesting sequence of how the name ‘Gully Boy’ was coined and became the voice of the youth. Zoya Akhtar walks the street with the Gully Boy exposes you to new sounds and beat.

Intense, engaging and truthful Gully Boy is a must watch for the young and the old. I rate Gully Boy with 4 stars.

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Street Dancer (Day 1527)

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Everyone associated with ABCD is happy to be back for Street Dancer 3D. Varun Dhawan as always gives his hundred percent to all his films and since this one has Prabhu Deva, Varun is leaving no stone unturned to match his guru step by step. Shradha Kapoor has stalled her biopic on Saina Nehwal and other films to focus on this one and the lead pair is looking forward to have Prabhu Deva on sets with them. The most excited is Rema Dsouza who describes the franchise as his homecoming.

 

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Friends are family (Day 1526)

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Rajshri Productions was the ever first production house to make a film purely on friendship, Dosti made in 1964. Dosti told about an unusual bond between a lame and a blind boy and it was a roaring musical success. Since then, the banner has continued to portray friendship and gradually extended to narrate stories about families.

Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Hum Saath Saath Hai, Vivah and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo can be described as stories of love, of friendship and also of family values.

Now in 2019 the banner brings back another story Hum Chaar on friendship but also a story about values the banner has stood for over seven decades. In present times where families are becoming smaller friends are the new joint family without baggage. Starring debutantes Prit Kamani, Simran Sharma, Anshuman Malhotra and Tushar Pandey Sooraj Barjatya is the producer. Says Barjatya says, “The new generation is nonjudgmental and there is purity about them that is as good as family and without baggage”.

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Partnership is filmmaking (day 1525)

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These days all top filmmakers work in partnership with other banners. The new trend has more advantages than disadvantages.  Creatively there is more variety and a lot of giving and take, financially there are lesser setbacks because they share the profits and the losses. The best thing about these partnerships is that the work becomes an excuse to make new friends. So Karan Johar becomes friends with Rajamouli and Akshay Kumar befriends Neeraj Pandey.

Rohit Shetty recently released Simmba in partnership with Dharma Productions and now to add spice to his persona he has roped in choreographer and filmmaker, Farah Khan to direct Rohit Shetty Pictures next and Farah is super excited about the project. She says, “Sometimes the universe conspires to offer you what you never imagined. I love Rohit as my brother and have high regards for his work ethics. Together we are going to make a mother of all entertainers, honestly, I can’t ant wait to say “Roll Camera” for this one!!”

With a track record of hits over a decade Rohit Shetty has ambitious plans for the banner which includes digital content including animated content like Little Singham on Discovery kids.

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Launch of Keshava (Day 1524)

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 The performances are done, well most of them and the children are all felicitated. The temple closes at 8pm sharp and before that we have wound up the show and also finished all formalities. The authorities have launched the book and many have purchased the book. This has been the most magical experience for me and Madhuparna Kumar Research & Dance Academy.

We look forward to many more such performances and blessings from the deity.

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Felicitation of Artistes (Day 1523)

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The little girls are all squatted on the floor and some of us older ones are standing. The temple felicitates all of us with flowers and prasadam. With blessings of the Lord, we are all set to continue with our performances, some solo dances and some group performances.

I have been trained by my guru to perform Shabdam today, Shabdam is a dance dedicated to Lord Krishna’s childhood where he harassed the gopikas and they complained to mother Yashoda. It is about Yashoda wanting to punish her child but getting surprised by his magical powers.

The first time I performed Shabdam I asked my teacher so who am I? Am I Krishna/ Gopika/ Yashoda and she said you are all of them and also the narrator.

To be continued…

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Offering to Deity (Day 1523)

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The aarti time of any temple is sacrosanct and cannot be disturbed. Devotees of Srinathji come day after day at the allotted time to participate in the aarti. It is the most precious moment of the day and the purest. The pundit lights a galaxy of lamps and offers it to all the deities clanging the bell simultaneously.

Post the aarti is again darshan time and today they do a special gesture for me and my book Keshava A Magnificent Obsession. The book is offered to Srinathji amidst sacred chanting and then released from a silken cover. As the author of the book, I am garlanded and asked to say a few words. I am speechless when I wrote the book I had never in my wildest imagination dreamt that I would get to be so close to Srinathji idol. This is indeed a special day.

 

To be continued…

 

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